Vancouver Speeding Accident Lawyer
Some drivers just won’t slow down, and they cause injury accidents that are completely preventable. Speed limits are posted for various road conditions and areas for a reason – safety for all. The faster a car is traveling, the greater the impact will be and the greater chance of injury or death. Driving at high speeds requires a longer stopping distance, especially with heavier vehicles. Trying to swerve to avoid an obstacle when traveling at a faster speed can cause the vehicle to go out of the driver’s control, even launching across lanes, or rolling over.
Speed limits are posted and then enforced by police. If a driver is caught speeding, he or she will be given a violation ticket. The normal speed limit within a municipality is 50km/h, 80km/h outside the municipality, and 30km/h in school and playground zones, unless otherwise posted.
Certain road conditions dictate that the driver should drive slower than the posted speed limit. Ice, snow, rain, fog, and crowded streets are examples of these conditions. The police can give drivers a ticket for going too fast in these conditions, even if they were not exceeding the speed limit.
There is also the case of excessive speeding. Per the Motor Vehicle Act, excessive speeding means driving more than 40km/h over the speed limit. An impact at such a speed would no doubt be catastrophic.
ICBC Claims in Speeding Accidents
If you or your loved one was injured by a speeding driver, our professional team of attorneys can help you to take on ICBC and seek a fair settlement. Connect with us so we can assist you. We are committed to providing people who need our help in a car accident case with compassionate and caring counsel. We have a reputation in the Lower Mainland and throughout B.C. as a firm that gets results. Call now to get our assistance after a car accident.
Legal Ramifications: Speeding Fines and Penalties
If you are ticketed for excessive speeding (more than 40km/h), the following fines and penalties apply:
- A $368 fine, or $483 if you were speeding more than 60km/h
- 3 penalty points on your driving record
- Vehicle impoundment
- (First offense)–7 days, plus towing and storage fees
- (Second offense)—30 days if it occurred within 2 years, plus towing and storage fees
- (Third or more offense)—60 days if it occurred within 2 years, plus towing and storage fees
- If someone other than the owner was driving, the owner is responsible for retrieving the car from the impound and paying all fines
Driver Penalty Point Premiums
Various motor vehicle infractions will result in points being placed on your driving record. The number of points depends on the violation. The more points you accumulate yearly, the more you will have to pay in Driver Penalty Point premiums.
- The assessment is calculated for a period of 12 months, known as the assessment period. Any points you accumulate will remain on your record for five years, but the penalty assessed is only paid once.
- If more than three points are accumulated during the assessment period, you will be fined the premium that corresponds to the number of points you have.
- Any penalties assessed through the Driver Penalty Point Premiums are additional to any premiums paid through the Autoplan insurance.
- You do not need to own or insure a vehicle to be required to pay Driver Penalty Point Premiums.
- Traffic violations that occurred before the assessment period may be included if those points were added to your record recently.
- The range of premiums (See chart for all points and premiums)
4 points $175 5 points $230 6 points $300 50 or more points $24,000
Contact our firm in Vancouver, B.C. for help with your speeding accident claim. We offer a free consultation where we can discuss your case, and you can find out what your options are.